Title Residential Counselor
Categories Advance LA
Location Los Angeles
Job Information


BA required. One year experience working with young adults with autism spectrum disorders or learning disabilities desirable, preferably in a residential setting with young adults. One year experience in a residential setting strongly desirable.  Desire to work with young adults and adolescents with special needs and capable of following written plans of service.  Valid California driver license and good driving record required.  Must be insurable with the agency’s insurance company for driving.




Ensure the health, safety, and welfare of residents in program. 

Provide supportive counseling, mentoring, and guidance. 

Ensure a safe, clean, organized, living environment. Supervise as well as participate in household cleaning and maintenance activities. 

Participate in ongoing development and supervision of milieu programs, activities, groups, and outings. 

Provide academic support. 

Development and implement strategies and plans that assist resident growth and development in social, emotional, physical, vocational, recreational, and cultural arenas. 

Ability to be certified and apply Hands on Management techniques according to Professional Assault Crisis Training (Pro-ACT) guidelines and/or follow a client by running or walking (client can be up to six feet tall and weigh over 200 pounds) who is experiencing significant behavioral problems or has become Absent Without Leave (AWOL) from the facility. 

Driving clients to outings and appointments. 

Design and conduct individual and group activities designed to assist residents in achieving their goals. 

Assist residents in developing social, interpersonal and problem-solving skills. 

Assist residents to resolve problems and identify ongoing services necessary to help residents resolve problems. 

Develop and implement behavior management strategies for residents, including setting and enforcing limits for behavior. 

Monitor residents’ ongoing needs; communicate with other agency personnel to ensure that these needs are met. 

Supervise all activities of the residents at all times while they are in the program. 

Maintain appropriate records. 

Attend and participate in all required meetings and in-service training sessions in order to develop and maintain skills. 

Ensure a safe, clean environment supervising as well as physically participating in all home maintenance activities. 

Secure First Aid and CPR certification in a timely manner. 

In addition to essential duties and responsibilities outlined in the job description for ALL Advance LA Residential Counselors, the following is a review of specific expectations for those employed as overnight Residential Counselors. 

Night staff perform important functions for our treatment program including providing nighttime staff supervision, program 

backup and support and emergency response.  To fulfill these duties, night counselors are expected to: 

Report on time to assigned residential home and physically remain on the premises of the facility for the duration of the shift, unless directed elsewhere by a managerial or supervisory staff. 

Insure prior to leaving a shift that the facility is appropriately staffed and a staff member arrives to relieve your duty. If this is not, it is the responsibility of the staff to remain on duty until the next staff arrives. Under NO circumstance may the staff leave the facility improperly supervised. 

Night staffs are expected to sleep in the facility, for a portion of the shift. During this time staff are paid a set stipend for being on-call and available to residents, as needed. If a resident awakens a staff member, the staff member is expected to respond to all supervision needs and emergency responses. 

Attend mandatory staff training meetings for a minimum of 2 hours a week as well as maintain currency of all required staff trainings for Advance LA Residential counselors.



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Title Life Skills Coach
Categories Advance LA
Location All Locations
Job Information

We are currently seeking enthusiastic, dynamic, organized and experienced individuals to serve as Life Skills Coaches for ADVANCE LA, a unique program serving young adults with Autism Spectrum Disorder, Learning Disabilities, ADHD, and other special needs.

Experience with special needs population required. Clients are typically seen in college setting, home, community and/or workplace. Coaches must own dependable vehicle, current insurance, and be approved by agency insurance company to drive on the job. Must be able to work independently and take initiative to effectively network with community resources.

Primary Duties & Responsibilities:
– Assist clients with the development and implementation of their personal goals and objectives (educational, vocational, social, etc)
-Function as a case manager and coordinate all aspects of clients’ program plans
– Provide the various supports required for clients to achieve success in school, work, and home
– Track client progress and report to team members
– Communicate with instructors, dorm personnel, parents, employers, therapists and others in the community to gauge client progress and identify additional needs
– Provide parents/caregivers with regular updates regarding client’s progress and relevant concerns


- BA in psychology, social work, public health, or other related disciplines. Graduate work preferred.

- Minimum two years experience in the social service or special education arena
– Experience and/or training working with young adults with special needs
– Experience in behavioral intervention preferred
– Valid CA driver’s license with a minimum of 3 years of driving experience; good driving record and the ability to be insured by the agency insurer. Must have less than 2 points on license!

Please email your cover letter and resume to rround@thehelpgroup.org

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